be more simple, delightful, and free from clouds than the whole intercourse between Holmes
, and Longfellow
To those outside their own circle, and especially to Margaret Fuller
, this cordiality did not always extend, but it is to be noted that as she permanently removed from Cambridge
, her birthplace, in 1833, before Lowell
had even entered college and before Longfellow
had become a Harvard professor, she formed no part of the local group.
The conservative Holmes
, who had been a schoolmate of hers, rather sympathized with Lowell
's attack upon her;1
but when she criticised Longfellow
in the New York Tribune
, the latter only mentions it in his journal as “what might be called a bilious attack,” and on hearing the news of her death he writes: “What a calamity!
A singular woman for New England
to produce; original and somewhat self-willed, but full of talent and full of work.
A tragic end to a somewhat troubled and romantic life.”
It would indeed have been difficult, perhaps, for mutual jealousy